Old Storehouse appoints first head chef with passion for local food

The Old Storehouse at Amble, due to open at the end of next week, has announced the appointment Adian Montaque as their head chef.

Adian moves to Northumberland from Birmingham where he last worked for the Marston Group as head chef development work, launching their new restaurant Lost and Found.

After leaving University College Birmingham, he began his career as a pastry chef with The Malmaison Hotel Group working his way up to sous chef. His first head chef position was at the Hatton Arms in Warwickshire.

In his new position with The Old Storehouse, Adian will be showcasing classic dishes with a twist when it opens later this month as a bar and restaurant after a £2million investment.

Working with a team of nine, over 95 per cent of the food will be made on the premises.

Whether burgers, bread or bream, the emphasis will be on fresh, local ingredients and Adian is thrilled to be working in a more rural setting, as in a large city environment traceability is not always as easy.

Some of the dishes he has created for the restaurant menu include Amble-landed pan-seared scallops, sous vide loin of Northumbrian Coastal lamb and lobster tail.

The bar will offer some a bespoke menu of local food at its best, such as Amble Links sausage and mash, Storehouse salad and beer-battered fish goujons.

Adian said: “For me as a chef, this really is such an exciting part of the UK to work in.

“You can almost see the produce you are using – local catch straight from the harbour at Amble and meat from the nearby farms.

“I am a hands-on head chef with a classical training and just want to offer affordable dining for both the local community and visitors. ”

The two sous chefs in Adian’s brigade are skilled local chefs.

“As a keen supporter of the next generation, he has also recruited some younger members to the team who he is looking forward to training, developing and helping onto the next rung of the career ladder.

Jeremy Reuben, general manager of Amble Links and The Old Storehouse, said: “We are delighted to have someone of this calibre and with such a breadth of experience on board. Adian’s extensive knowledge of staff development makes him and excellent role model for his new team.”

The Old Storehouse opens its doors next Friday and will be open from noon until midnight, sevendays a week.